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Boyd Martin leads at Bates International Three Day Event
Sydney, Australia

Despite the wet and windy beginning, day one of the 2006 Bates International Three Day Event turned out to be a great start to the Event. Once the dressage arenas had been relocated to Indoor arena, due to the soaking of rain the Sydney International Equestrian Centre received overnight, the first half of the Gow Gates Insurance CCI* class kicked off.

Currently in first place is Boyd Martin riding 'Fair Fiona' on a score of 47.1. Boyd was the first rider out this morning and set a high standard that couldn't be matched. Closely following Boyd is Natalie Blundell on 'Algebra' on 49.3 and Claudia Graham on 'Serenity Vision' with a score of 49.8. Tomorrow the remaining 30 riders in the Gow Gates Insurance CCI* will compete, which could influence the current placings.

The Asian Pacific Challenge Trophy is in its second year running. This year the Challenge is being held at the CCI* level. It began today with half the riders completing their dressage tests. Currently in first position is Lt. Col. Deep Ahlawat representing India, riding 'Rancho Manhatten', on a score of 60.9. Andry Prsetyono riding 'Roderer' for Indonesia, is just behind on 61.4 penalty points. In third place is Risaldar Major Palvinder Singh, also from India, who is riding 'Foxdale Fever' and sits on a score of 63.8.

The leader in the EFA CCI** is Tallara Barwick riding Wynella Whiskey on a score of 50.6, behind her is Natalie Siiankoski, riding 'Kolara Stud Archie' who is on 52.3, while Stuart Tinney took third position riding Panamera      on score of 53.1. These riders now have a day off to prepare for the challenges the CCI** cross country has in store.

The final day of dressage kicks off at 8:00 am tomorrow, with the completion of the Gow Gates Insurance CCI*, Horseland CCI*** and the Fairfield City Council PreNovice. The competition will again be held in the Indoor Arena at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park.

The cross country and showjumping phases take place on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

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